If you're like me, it's difficult finding time to read during the Christmas season. With all the shopping, baking, decorating, and partying going on, it's a challenge even to go to work! That's why I often turn to novellas to quench my reading thirst. They're short stories that you can finish in an evening (or a couple of evenings, if you're really strapped for time). Kilty Pleasures, by Nancy Fraser, is a novella that I was lucky enough to get a copy of in exchange for an honest review.
Be aware, this book is labeled erotica, so it's not your chaste, cozy little romance. And I'm not one who picks up erotica, as a rule. That being said, it's also not eighty-six pages of over-the-top sex, either. It has characters who learn and grow throughout the story, along with a plot that takes you through their evolving love story. And, yes, it has "hawt" sex, or did I say that already?
Aileen MacDougall and Ronan MacAlister have known each other since childhood. Aileen had a crush on Ronan, though he's stayed away from the small Maine town where his uncle owned a farm, and where Aileen has made her home. When they meet again, sparks fly. Aileen isn't the young girl with a secret yen for the sexy Ronan. She's a grown woman who knows what she wants. That happens to be Ronan. She wants to see if the man can live up to her fantasies of him. Boy, does he.
In a secluded cabin, Aileen and Ronan spend a day and night together that is unforgettable for them, and for the reader. Nancy Fraser takes time to describe the characters' feelings, as well as their awesome lovemaking. She twines the plot around the sex scenes, so that the reader feels totally involved with Aileen and Ronan.
There's a nice little plot twist at the end that adds to the storyline, and makes the characters question their feelings. Was this simply mind-blowing sex brought on by off-the-charts chemistry, or was it love that bound them together? You'll have to buy the book to find out. My lips are sealed.
I enjoyed reading Kilty Pleasures. Nancy Fraser has put all the elements of a full-length novel into this sexy romp, and I admire that ability. I liked Aileen's personality, and I enjoyed how Ronan couldn't stop thinking about her. Ms. Fraser made me care about the characters, and that's a challenge to do in a novella. She accomplished what many authors can't.
I will definitely read more from her, and I hope you will, too.
Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.
Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. In November 2016 Nancy celebrated twenty years as a published author and will release her 25th book in mid-2017.